Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Few Small Sewing Projects

This weekend, I've been taking it easy and doing a bit of recreational sewing and dabbling in a bit of fabric printing, using these fabric paints that I was given by a friend a couple of years ago.

I revisited the Zakka style sewing I blogged about a few months ago, using up tiny fabric scraps that I can't bear to throw away.  It's amazing what you can do with them.  I made some more fabric book marks.  Many of the fabrics are offcuts of vintage Laura Ashley, Liberty, Sanderson and other well known makes.  Just too lovely to throw away.   I use one of these bookmarks, that I made a while back, on a daily basis and find it lovely to use.  It makes me smile to open my book and see it there.  I have made several as presents to pop into books that I'm giving this Christmas.

Here's a picture of some of the ones I made this time around.

I also made this one for Little Bird to use now, as she took a liking to it and was pestering me to give it to her.  How could I not?

She liked the bird that I printed onto plain white cotton.  This was actually the blank selvedge cut from another fabric, so provided another opportunity for practising Zero Waste.

I decided to try to make a small pencil case for her too, from some pretty left over fabric and a zip I had in my stash. I hand printed a bicycle patch to embellish it with.  I'm not sure how well it will stand up to the rigours of the school bag, but she really liked it which I was pleased about.

I've enjoyed pootling about on these small projects this weekend, as it allows my imagination to run free.  There's no pattern to follow.  I just make it up as I go along.  None of the things I make are perfect either.  I like that about them though, it makes them more special and individual. 

I've particularly enjoyed the fabric printing  and can see myself doing a lot more of this in the future.


  1. I have lots of bits of fabric left over - good ideas here!

    1. Thanks. I love to use leftover bits, it feels very satisfying.

  2. those bookmarks are lovely!

  3. Hello Ann, and thanks for visiting my little blog. Like you, I enjoy doing small projects, it's satisfying when you finish something in one fell swoop isn't it, a nice contrast to having a long term project on the go.

    1. I agree there is something satisfying about the instant results you get with small projects. I do have a couple of longer term projects on the go too. I just haven't got around to picking them up recently. Maybe I will make an effort to get on with them this week.

  4. Lovely bookmarks and a great way to use up those little bits that one can not bare to throw away.

    Love the pencil case!!

    God bless.